Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a willing but outclassed Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3.
The only time Federer looked remotely stumped came during a post-match interview conducted by American comedian Will Ferrell who told him he had played like a "silky gazelle".
"Don't they get eaten in the end?" Federer ventured before being asked whether he was a witch or a vampire and whether his age-defying performances were down to a diet of wombat meat.
While Ferrell provided bonus comedy, Federer again proved that when it comes to tennis he is the king of the jungle.
Any player hoping to stop him retaining his title and claiming a 20th grand slam will have to be pretty special on this evidence.
Federer looked just as imperious as when he won the last five games to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final.
Poor Bedene, no mean performer at world number 51, can now at least say he has witnessed Federer's brilliance first hand, having never previously faced him.
He played his part in entertaining exchanges but Federer, sporting a diagonal pink stripe on his mainly white kit, was in one of those moods when he could strike at will.
He broke Bedene's serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve.
Federer pounced immediately at the start of the second to gain another break and cantered through the rest of the match.
One member of the sell-out crowd yelled "Give him a chance Rog" late on but the Swiss was not listening and he finished the match on Bedene's serve when his opponent netted a backhand.
"I am hoping for another good year," Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.
"I am not sure it will go that well because I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back."
His next opponent will be Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.